The 5 Powers: Superheroes of Peace

The Five PowersThe 5 Powers: Superheroes of Peace
Special film screening and discussion on how to access the power of mindfulness to effect change within oneself and the world

From Spiderman to the Hulk, numerous superhero origin stories tell of a character’s interaction with an unknown element that effects a radical transformation. This change often leads to heightened senses, enhanced abilities, and the sense of a greater mission that transcends our individual selves. Although this path is a familiar trope in the realm of “fantasy,” it exists in the real world as well. It is a profound yet simple notion: each of us can be a superhero.

Like the spider that bit Peter Parker, we can tap into a real life element called mindfulness to have better concentration, self-awareness, and impulse control. Mindfulness has also been scientifically proven to help us feel calm and increase empathy for others.

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 comic book The Montgomery Story, which informed and influenced a civil rights movement, the animated film The 5 Powers tells the story of three inspiring individuals who used the power of mindfulness for peace during the turbulent Vietnam War. We learn about our main character’s journey towards mastery of the five powers through the experiences of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, and their friends Alfred Hassler and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Please join CCAREThe Stanford Storytelling Project, and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s international community of monks and nuns for a special screening and discussion of The 5 Powers on Friday, October 9 at 6:30pm at Stanford University’s Cubberley Auditorium. Learn how to access the power of mindfulness to effect change within oneself and the world.

Event Details

Friday, October 9, 2015
Stanford University Cubberley Auditorium
Event begins at 6:30PM
Doors open to ticket holders at 6:00PM

Ticket Prices

Public: $20
Stanford Faculty/Staff: $15 (limit two per ID)
Stanford Students: 1 complimentary ticket available per student through 10/1/15, while supplies last. (student ID card is required for entry with ticket – no exceptions can be permitted)
Other Students (non-Stanford): 1 complimentary available per student through 10/1/15, while supplies last. (student ID card is required for entry with ticket – no exceptions can be permitted)

Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online through the Stanford Ticket Office

In Person and By Phone:
Stanford Ticket Office
2nd Floor of Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 725-2787
Hours: Mon – Fri 10AM – 5PM

Link to Campus Map

Please note a customer service handling fee is applied to orders placed over the phone and online. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards covering event costs.
Parking and Transportation

Cubberley Auditorium is located just off the Main Quad, in the School of Education, next to the clock tower at the intersection of Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall. 

Parking is generally free on campus after 4pm; however, please read signs carefully to avoid citation. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave.

Link to Stanford Parking Map

Cubberley Auditorium
Graduate School of Education
Stanford University
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305 

3 thoughts on “The 5 Powers: Superheroes of Peace

  1. if this movie is helping to establish world-peace why isn’t it for free? Money is made with wars. Peace should be fro free. Please publish this movie on youtube otherwise it’s just ridiculous. PEACE!

    • I’m sure they would be happy for you to send them money to help produce, distribute and show this film. Are you under the impression all the resources to make this happen are free? Are you aware that the monks and nuns of Plum Village live with a vow of poverty and no possessions? And what ever gave you the idea peace is free of cost? Have you any idea how many people have died trying to bring peace to the world? The cost of peace is that of being willing to lay down you life for every individual at risk. Have you ever been willing to give everything, including your life, for anything? I know that if Thich Nhat Hahn felt that giving up his life would bring world peace he would stand up and die in an instant. How about you?

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